START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

How To Give Healthy Halloween Treats (and Not Get Egged)

How To Give Healthy Halloween Treats (and Not Get Egged)

“Halloween Apples!” is what I remember singing at the doors on Halloween night when I was a child. No one said “Trick or Treat” and you never used the doorbell. You just sang it louder until they answered.

I now know that this custom was local to my home city of Edmonton and certain other areas in Canada.

Back then our bags had lots of apples in them! Also, there were healthy things like mandarin oranges, popcorn, packages of nuts and homemade treats too. I especially liked the homemade cookies, popcorn balls and caramel apples.

Why dont we give out apples or healthy Halloween food anymore?

  1. Most people do not feel it is safe or cool.
  2. Commercial interest in high profit candy and candy confections.

Why we think healthy Halloween foods are not safe:

This is because of a urban legends  about razor blades in apples and poison in homemade treats.
Sociologist and criminologist Dr Joel Best, at the University of Delaware, has researched every reported case of so-called “Halloween sadism” in the past 45 years, and has found that not one of them is true.

Candy is Big Business!

 

Big companies make lots of money selling candy

  • One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
  • Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year for Halloween according to the National Confectioners Association. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on candy for this event!
  • Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

One third of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

Why I do not give out Candy

A full ONE-THIRD of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese and this percentage is growing rapidly.

EVERY major health organization and government in the world is alarmed by this trend. Inactivity and overconsumption of  junk foods, sugary foods and drinks are to blame. Related Reading: Childhood Obesity:  Scary and Sad.

Give Children Real Treats Instead of the Usual Sugary Path to Diabetes and Obesity!

I am passionate about reducing sugar consumption in this world. Read my “7 Tips to Reduce Sugar Cravings“. I never give out anything with sugar in it at Halloween as I simply do not see it as a “treat” for children.

I invite you to join me in this endeavor to increase the wellness of children by not giving them candy filled with chemicals in the form of color and artificial flavoring and, of course, sugar.

Here are my Halloween treats ready for giveaway. Children's eyes light us when they see this.

Here are 16 great ideas to fill the baskets of trick-or-treaters:

1.  Fruit juice boxes
2.  Small packages of raisins if you can find them
3.  Fruit leathers
4.  Small packages of potato chips (check label to be sure it has only potato, oil and salt). The salt will balance the sugar to some degree.
5.  Packages of stickers; give one page out at a time
6.  Hair bands for the girls
7.  Little rubber balls
8.  Halloween stickers, coloring books, puzzle books, pencils, erasers, note pads
9.  Crayons
10.  Trading cards
11.  Colored pens for the older children
12.  Colored pencils and erasers
13.  Little notebooks
14.  Party favors like whistles and hats
15.  Key chains (of cartoon characters, etc.)
16.  Mini blowing bubbles.Buy sets of 100 packaged for weddings.

How Do Children React to These Treats?

  • Many of the girls want to put the hair bands thing on right away.  Sometimes their costume won’t let them but they try!
  • Most of the children are excited to choose what they would like.
  • I hear them running to their parents yelling out what they just got.

The only ones who are disappointed are the older teenagers but I consider trick-or-treating to be for the younger ones.

For those of you having a Halloween party for your children here a few healthy sweet recipes:

Apple Cake: It's even more delicious than it looks.

  • Hermit Cookies: Yummy cookies filled with nuts and dried fruit
  • Apple Cake: Gluten-free, sweetened with healthy apples, the red powerfood.
  • Date Squares: Wheat-free, filled with healthy oatmeal.

Also….

Learn how to make Healthy Gluten Free Baking. It doesn’t have the sugars and starches most gluten free baking does.

Join my course The Healthy Chocolate Project. Yes it’s true! It really is healthy!

Related
7 Halloween Super Foods
Halloween Around the World
8 Creepiest Halloween Candies

Read more: Diet & Nutrition, Health

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

92 comments

+ add your own
5:49AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Thanks Diana for sharing these great alternatives to giving out candy for Halloween.

7:36AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

TYFS

2:45PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

All excellent ideas!

3:42PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

ty

10:16PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Thank you Diana for the great suggestions. Children get enough sugar and it must be fun to get a toy or one of the other things. Good ideas. Thank you,

10:11PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Good options... thank you!!
^..^

8:39PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Some good ideas here indeed! But yeah, you're still gonna get egged...

7:44PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

It would be so nice to give out home made goods instead of the palm oil saturated fatty candies. If only the world wasn't such a disturbing place huh :)

6:05PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Some really good ideas you have shared here Diana. I also grew up in an era when we called out Halloween Apples, and we had apple pies, baked apples, apple crumble and so on, I loved all the different home made goodies, especially caramel apples and fudge. I know where I live in Mid Alberta, one year some teenagers thought it would be funny to make drugged brownies for the school party. Boy, they got what they deserved - suspended. It really is not safe anymore for the kids to carry around the UNICEF boxes that we would put change in, as older ones started picking on these kids and taking the boxes away - shame is it not. I remember the razor blade incident - and that is what stopped the apples.

5:38PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Thank you for the tips.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

You also get robbed at the check out when purchasing rice milk....way more than almond milk. A good …

6. Myth: Suntans Aren’t As Bad for You as Sunburns. Apparently this author works for a sunscr…

Sorry, but this article was not helpful to me. I am looking for specific names of deodorants that wo…

I am tired of c2 only having articles that tell us "this isn't good" without giving options......I a…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.